Gran Canaria to invest in renewable energies

The president of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria, Antonio Morales, in March presented the ‘Renovagua Plan’ which, with an investment of more than €18 million, is set to implement the use of renewable energy at 26 Insular Water Board installations to save 17,423 tons of CO2 from being emitted into the atmosphere and reduce oil imports by 4,700 tons to save more than €2 million every year.

The island president used the occasion of World Water Day on 21 March, to announce the project which will reduce the consumption of fossil fuels at island desalination plants by 40%, allowing purification and reuse of water, powered by solar panels, windmills, wind turbines and small hydraulics.

“Renovagua defends the integral concept of Gran Canaria as an eco-island”, a commitment to the protection of land and landscape, clean energies and rural empowerment that keeps the island identity alive in terms of social, economy sustainability and environment, efficiency and savings in energy and water, green tourism and the protection of biodiversity.

To prepare this strategy, explained Miguel Hidalgo the councilor for the Primary Sector and Food Sovereignty, the Cabildo commissioned the Instituto Tecnológico de Canarias to study the 143 installations operated by the Insular Water Council, from which they determined that 26, representing 86% of the total energy consumption, are apt to be managed with clean energy.

The energy consumption of the Insular Water Council represents 5.3% of the electricity used from the network, equivalent to the consumption of 17,000 homes or a population of 51,000.

Wastewater is an opportunity  as it can be a base for shaping the landscape, recovering disused infrastructure and revaluing products, such as the use of sludge for fertilizers in agriculture and how purification can create biomass to be reused in forestry applications, gardening and in agriculture.

On Gran Canaria, 15 % of electricity production is used for water, distributed in the stages of production (74%), transport (18%) and sanitation (8%), where urban, tourism and industry consume 72% of the energy that comes from the desalination of seawater.

This situation puts at risk the environmental and economic sustainability of the integral water cycle and forces the search for solutions to promote energy savings and encourage the use of clean energy in industrial production and water transport facilities.

PLAN RENOVAGUA – DÍA MUNDIAL DEL AGUAEl Cabildo invertirá 18 millones en implantar energías renovables en 26 instalaciones del Consejo Insular de Aguas. -Dejaremos de importar 4.700 toneladas de petróleo-De emitir 17.500 toneladas de Co2 a la atmósfera- Ahorraremos más de 2 millones de euros al año.Con paneles solares, aerogeneradores y minhidráulicas reduciremos un 40 % el consumo de energías fósiles en la desalación, depuración y reutilización del agua.Obtener agua cuesta energía, por eso tú también puedes contribuir a gastar menos cerrando el grifo, tiramos por el bajante 6 millones al año por mantenerlo abierto en la ducha, el fregadero, al lavarnos los dientes… ciérralo y avancemos de la mano.Noticia completa:

Geplaatst door Cabildo de Gran Canaria op dinsdag 21 maart 2017

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